Tuesday, November 8, 2011
asian long horned beetle
there is big controversy going on in my state right now regarding the asian long horned beetle. this beetle was accidentally brought over from asia in some timber and is, well doing what the asian long horned beetle does. eat trees and lay eggs.
it was introduced into the united states in 1996 and has been making its way around since then. it has made its way to ohio and everyone is freaking out about it. there was a meeting in bethel here yesterday in ohio where there was discussion about if we are going to cut to upwards of 50,000 trees (some infected, some "at risk" healthy trees). this will not necessarily stop the insects but reduce the infection. so in reality, this may continue to have to been done every so often once the beetles who remain continue to do what they do which is lay eggs and eat trees. there are warnings to keep and eye out for the signs that a tree is infected with the beetle and to report it immediately if found. saying, this is what we must do to protect "our forest" and "our trees" from these insects. for one, the forest DO NOT belong to us. this is what we, as a society, hold as truth. that all here on this earth belong to us humans only. which is completely untrue and shows the superior nature in which we are taught to operate from towards all other beings.
i have to ask, were these beetles displaced by us humans in asia to begin with? we are not partial to taking over pieces of land with no regards as to what humans, animals or insects currently inhabit said land. our exploration of the rainforest, because the starting point is ego and human self interest, it is an abusive act towards the animals, insects and plants. whether it is to build roads, explore for oil, logging, mining or whatever "reason" we feel like we direly need to destroy the life of the rainforest. could this asian long horned beetle be pointing something out to us in relation to how we invade others homes without regard? and then we go to our 'go to solution'. which is to kill. that is how we deal with if someone disagrees with is as a country, as a species. not that it HAS to be this way, but this is how we have accepted and allowed it to be.
we do this to animals often. we take away what they eat or what naturally eats them, displace them from their homes or natural habitats then kill them afterward when there is no place for them to go and we just name them as pest to us. which in actuality is because the asian long horned beetle places great risk to the profit of the timber industry. as we are fighting for our profit, which holds mental make beLIEve value in profit, we let the value of life die beneath our feet. our greed kills. many animals become extinct by way of nature (though we as humans -in our behavior and practices- have a serious impact on the cycles of nature that extinct many animals as well) but we humans have our hands in the extinction of animals for our own unnecessary reasons. consequences from actions taken by us within superiority towards other beings instead of equality and respect as a bottom line. as seen with polar bears, deer, snakes, various foxes, the dodo bird and countless other animals, birds and insects.